Economics Brown Bag: Austin Landini

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Date(s) - 10/04/2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Ph.D. students in the Department of Economics hold a weekly Brown Bag series on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. on Zoom. These events provide an opportunity for a student to present and workshop a research paper or idea with peers and faculty. For more information, please contact Bhavya Sinha.

Monday, October 4 | 12-1 p.m.

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Austin Landini, Ph.D. Candidate

“Demographic Transition and Census Tract Economic Opportunity: A Study of Colorado”


Recent economic literature, especially associated with Opportunity Insights, has produced an extensive analysis of individual-level outcomes given a place of birth. This paper shifts the unit of analysis from the individual to the place, using US Census Tracts. I argue that demographic change at the Tract level is occurring in predictable ways along racial and income lines. Tracts which increase their White Non-Hispanic population over time are becoming wealthier in terms of aggregate income and income per capita, while Tracts which increase in Minority population become less wealthy. This result suggests that policymakers may be able to combat inequality by understanding and responding to the mechanisms which drive demographic segregation.


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